A year of cancelled cruises, retreats that never happened, and grounded flights left us itching to fly the coop. And our time at home gave us plenty of time to daydream about where we’d rather be – places near and far, homey and unfamiliar, affordable and luxurious.
We’ve rounded up a few of our favorite destinations here. Whether you want to drive somewhere fun for the weekend or spend a month across the ocean once it’s safe to travel again, we feel confident that you’ll find something on this list that speaks to you.
Note: Travel restrictions are subject to change. Check on openings before you go and plan ahead for your trip.
Crater Lake National Park in Oregon
This 180,000 acre park features an ice-blue lake formed by a volcano which has since collapsed. Beyond the lake, you’ll find miles of breathtaking hiking.
And if you’re not much of a hiker, you can cruise around the park by car on Rim Drive, a 33-mile stretch replete with stunning views and tons of scenic overlooks.
After months of being cooped up indoors, we can’t imagine anywhere we’d rather be than the beach. And the white sands of this Carribean island fit the ticket.
You can spend hours or days soaking up the sun, and if you get tired of basking by the sea, you’ll find lots more to do in Aruba.
This constituent country of the Kingdom of the Netherlands boasts Dutch architecture, a decidedly international food scene, and world wonders like coral reefs and a bird sanctuary for the outward bound.
Bolton Valley in Vermont
If you’re itching to hit the slopes this year, consider eschewing more popular spots like Vail or Park Valley for somewhere (slightly) further off the beaten path.
As an added bonus, Bolton Valley is situated near Burlington, a sweet city worth visiting.
Home to the Serengeti and the beaches of Zanzibar, this East African paradise should be on everyone’s bucket list.
On top of that, you can see The Great Migration, when over two million wildebeests, zebras, and gazelles cross the Serengeti annually in search of pastures to graze.
South Dakota’s Black Hills
Cycle, hike and sightsee your way through the iconic Black Hills, which are home to Mount Rushmore, Custer National Park’s Cathedral Spire, and the Badlands.
“Roadside attractions like Cosmos Mystery Area and Old
Macdonald’s Farm will delight kids and families, while wonders like Jewel Cave National Monument create wonder for the kid in all of us.”
These millions of acres of forest and mountain in the middle of the Great Plains are a worthy destination for anyone with an adventurer’s soul.
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